- The Stone Diaries
infobox Book |
name = The Stone Diaries
image_caption = First Canadian edition
cover_artist = Andrea Pinnington (design); David Purdie (photography)
language = English
Random Houseof Canada
release_date = 1993
pages = 361 pp
isbn = ISBN 0-394-22362-4
"The Stone Diaries" is a 1993 award winning novel by
It is the fictional autobiography about the life of Daisy Goodwill Flett, a seemingly ordinary woman whose life is marked by death and loss from the beginning, when her mother dies during childbirth. Through marriage and motherhood, Daisy struggles to find contentment, never truly understanding her life's true purpose.
Awards and nominations
"The Stone Diaries", which is Shields' most famous novel, won the 1993 Governor General's Award for English language fiction in
Canadaand the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Fictionin the United States. It is currently the only novel to have won both awards, because being an American-born naturalized Canadian, Shields was eligible for both.
It also won the
National Book Critics Circle Awardand was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.
* [http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/09/07/reviews/shields-stonediaries.html Men and Women, Forever Misaligned:] Review by the NYTimes
* [http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780394223803 Randomhouse.ca page on the novel]
* [http://www.pprize.com/BookDetail.php?bk=77 Photos of the first edition of The Stone Diaries]
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